Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Lawmakers rip into Yahoo over testimony on dissident arrest

by Grant Gross from PC World (US)

While Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, called Yahoo's cooperation with China "repugnant," Representative Robert Wexler, a Florida Democrat, said Congress should look at its own actions in supporting repressive regimes. Congress pours hundreds of millions of dollars in aid into Pakistan, which this week is cracking down on protesters, Wexler noted. The U.S. government has close ties with Saudi Arabia, and it has encouraged U.S. companies to do business in China, he added. "There's a level of complicity, yes with Yahoo, but also with this government," he said. "I would respectfully suggest that if we delve into these issues ... let's talk about the role of the United States government and whether we legitimately do or do not inhibit freedom or democracy."

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